Why you should share your decision
Should you die in circumstances that means organ donation may be a possibility, the clinicians caring for you and the specialist nurses in organ donation will discuss organ donation with your next of kin as part of the end of life care discussion. The medical team will access the NHS Organ Donor Register to establish your donation decision before discussing it with your family.
By telling your family you want to be an organ donor in the event of your death you can relieve them of the burden of having to make the decision at a difficult time.
So, if you want to make a real difference by being an organ donor after your death, then you should:
- join the NHS Organ Donor Register
- tell your family and friends that you have joined the register and want to be a donor so they can support your decision
Your family is much more likely to agree to donation going ahead if their relative had recorded their decision to donate on the NHS Organ Donor Register or had previously discussed their decision with them.